Local Notes: Ex-Judson pitcher Tyler Ware signs with Joliet
From Staff Reports June 18, 2012 5:54PM
Updated: July 20, 2012 6:08AM
Former Judson University standout pitcher Tyler Ware will be continuing his baseball career as a member of the Joliet Slammers in the independent Frontier League.
“It is a great feeling and very surreal for me. Not too many people get to continue their careers like this,” said Ware. “I am looking forward to being a part of this team and learning more from the coaches that are here.”
In two years at Judson, Ware went 11-7 with a 3.67 ERA and 113 strikeouts. He finished his career ay Judson ninth in wins (11) and strikeouts (113). This year, he went 6-3 with a 3.51 ERA and was second on the team with 64 strikeouts.
He earned his first All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference award in 2012 as a member of the second team while earning his second National Christian College Athletic Association All-Region first team honors.
Ware becomes the third player under coach Rich Benjamin to sign a professional contract as Kyle Kobernus (Gary City Railcats) and Zach Williams (Gary City Railcats) both signed deals in 2008 and 2009.
St. Edward’s Kerr, Lee headed to Augustana
First-year Augustana women’s basketball coach Mark Beinborn has announced his 2012 recruiting class and two of the eight players are from St. Edward.
Maddie Kerr and Alex Lee will be joining the Vikings. Each earned Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 1A/2A All-State special mention last season.
Kerr, a 5-11 guard and two-time team captain, garnered Courier-News All-Area recognition four times. The two-time All-Suburban Christian Conference selection finished third on the all-time St. Edward scoring list with 1,170 points. As a senior, she averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. She also shot 79 percent from the free throw line and hit a team-high 33 three-point field goals for a 21-8 squad.
Lee, a 6-1 center, also starred for coach Michelle Dawson’s Green Wave. As a senior, she averaged 10 points and nine rebounds a game and shot 58 percent from the field and 58 percent from the free throw line. She battled through a hand injury to average seven points and eight rebounds a game as a junior.
Taylor Ellett shines at State Amateur
Hampshire High School product Taylor Ellett won the Second Flight championship at the 79th annual Women’s State Amateur Golf Tournament, which was held at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood.
Ellett, a sophomore golfer at Northern Illinois, defeated Mary Kate Rohn of Elmhurst 5 and 3 in the finals.
Elizabeth Szokal of Winnetka defeated Flossmoor’s Michelle Mayer 4 and 3 in the Championship title match.